Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan received the newly appointed co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group from the U.S James Warlick, Panorama.am agency reported citing the press service of the Armenian president.
Sargsyan congratulated Warlick with the appointment and wished him success in this important mission. The Armenian president praised the mediation efforts of the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group - U.S., Russia and France - on settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict only by peaceful means and in accordance with international principles and norms.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the current stage and prospects of the negotiation process on settlement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The American diplomat conveyed the message of U.S. president Barack Obama to the Armenian president.
Prior to his appointment in August as a co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group from the U.S by the country's Secretary of State John Kerry, he served as Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and lead negotiator for the Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan. He served as Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2009-2012 and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organisation Affairs from 2006 to 2009.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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